Shun Hing College (Block A), September 1.   Below the 4th floor in Shun Hing College (Block A), seemingly in the bowels of the earth, a welcome party erupted on a Sunday night with an unusual combination of international voices, a New Zealand DJ who bopped around like a Jack-in-the-Box and several traditional Chinese performers singing and playing their hearts out.


Getting into the Groove

Louis Lepper, a third year computer science exchange student from the South Island of New Zealand, manned a high-tech digital audio system blaring out with thud-humping techno music.  Lepper, a DJ with no inhibitions, really got the party started by jumping around and engaging fellow students in what seemed like bounces off a trampoline. He was followed, albeit tentatively, by a few of the international Block A crowd who did some hip-swiveling and quick steps before blending back into the crowd.

Dr. Michael Manio and student MC rev it up!

Dr. Michael Manio and student MC rev it up!

Though the students seemed a little stiff at first,  Master of Ceremonies Dr. Michael Manio, a Shun Hing College (Block A) residential tutor, whooped up enthusiasm for the performers and the visiting faculty and staff.  With Block A Master Ying Chan hooting and clamoring for more dancing, the students mingled, rubbed shoulders, exchanged business cards as the sights and sounds of traditional Chinese music were offered.  The performers included a classically trained Beijing mezzo soprano who doubles as a security guard at Shun Hing College (Block A) along with a traditional Chinese zither player (guzheng古箏) who did a gorgeous performance with hair flapping in front of her face.

DSC_0349Master Ying Chan and Deputy Master Tao agreed heartily that more exchanges, dance parties, lectures, and shoulder rubbing will happen in Shun Hing College (Block A) in the future.  The entire basement is going to be transformed into a social gathering, media production and lecture area, with lots of opportunities for our special international community to mingle.